|10 August 2016|
Perhaps the best thriller that I read in the last few years has been The Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell. It is deftly-plotted and fast-paced, with many of the favourite scenarios that one can encounter in the standardfare Robert Ludlum, but none of the predictability. A super-villain with his tentacles within all the major governments in the world; secret agents who are in what seems a hopeless mission and are overwhelmingly outmatched, treachery and betrayal, a super-tough, super-awesome lady, some action scenes that seem to literally jump out of the pages, and two excellent lead characters.
Saul and Chris are orphan boys who met each other at an orphanage in Pennsylvania, and became the best of friends, indeed as close as brothers. Growing up, Chris is visited often by a mysterious man, who is kind to him. He is known to Chris only as Eliot. When Chris is a little older, Eliot would take him to backpacking tours and fishing trips. When Eliot came to know of Saul, he is invited to the trips too. Orphans, looking out for love and caring, they see Eliot as the father they never had, and Eliot too mentions that he considers himself a foster father to the boys.